U.S. Senate Republicans launch police reform bill to rival Democrats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Republicans unveiled a brand new police reform invoice on Wednesday as a rival to extra sweeping Democratic laws, as Congress struggled to handle racial disparities in legislation enforcement three weeks after the demise of George Floyd.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) talks with legislation enforcement leaders at an occasion within the Rose Garden earlier than President Donald Trump signed an govt order on police reform on the White House in Washington, U.S., June 16, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

The Republican-led Senate will flip to the invoice subsequent week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell advised a information convention, as Democrats within the House of Representatives ready to advance their very own laws to a flooring vote anticipated by July 4.

Senator Tim Scott, the chamber’s solely black Republican, who crafted the invoice, stated the laws would create larger security for each suspects and police. “We hear you. We’re listening to your concerns,” he advised the information convention.

Floyd’s demise in Minneapolis on May 25, after a policeman knelt on his neck for nearly 9 minutes, was the newest in a string of killings of African Americans by U.S. police and it sparked widespread protests and contemporary requires reforms.

The Republican and Democratic payments tackle comparable points. Both make lynching a federal hate crime, encourage using physique cameras and search higher coaching requirements for police.

But it’s not clear that Congress will agree on find out how to act.

Democrats declare the Republican plan doesn’t go far sufficient, whereas Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has stated the Democratic laws would go nowhere in his chamber, dismissing it as “typical Democratic overreach.”

Unlike the Democratic laws, the Republican invoice wouldn’t enable victims of misconduct to sue police, ban police chokeholds outright or create new guidelines to limit using deadly power.

Instead, Republicans depend on using federal grant cash to encourage police departments to undertake reforms.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an order that might steer federal cash to police departments that comply with outdoors overview and restrict chokeholds.

Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Andy Sullivan, Bernadette Baum and Jonathan Oatis


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